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No Easy Fix

The Extinction Market: Wildlife Trafficking and How to Counter It
Vanda Felbab-Brown
Hurst, 2017, 256 pages

The statistics are startling. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that the global population of wild animals dropped by half between 1970 and 2010. An important driver of that precipitous decline has been the illegal trade in wildlife, valued at between $7 and $23 billion a year. The Extinction Market, by author Vanda Felbab-Brown, is a rigorous, thoughtful exploration of a cross section of issues facing conservationists in combating the global illegal wildlife…
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by: Christine Ro – Spring 2018

Cycling Toward a Better Future

Biketopia: Feminist Bicycle Science Fiction Stories in Extreme Futures
Edited by Elly Blue
Microcosm Publishing, 2017, 160 pages

Biketopia can best be described as feminist science fiction themed around bicycling. It’s an odd-sounding concept, but the book isn’t alone in this genre: It is actually Volume 4 of the Bikes in Space series. Sci-fi has long been concerned with the possibility of social and ecological collapse, and eminent writers like Margaret Atwood and Doris Lessing have injected socially aware sci-fi with a feminist sensibility. Biketopia combines these two threads, centering…
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by: Christine Ro – Winter 2018

London’s Batwomen and Batmen Offer Lessons in Urban Coexistence

Bat ecologists seek to minimize the impact of development on one of our key and imperiled pollinators

Alison Fure became drawn to bats while gardening in her southwest London home. Noticing bats flying around during the day as she worked outside. It’s unusual, but bats do come out on warm days during winter months, so  she had to ask…
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by: Christine Ro – June 7, 2016


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